Preeti Kumari, India’s real-life dancing doll is proof that where there’s a will, there’s a sure way. Before her spectacular videos went viral on TikTok and Instagram, she would hang her phone by a thread to record herself. But it did not take much time for her to gain acknowledgement and appreciation from the world – the art form she
Preeti Kumari was inspired by the American dancer Dytoo and wanted to practice something similar. Only, with a twist. Coming from a country rich in its multitude of traditions and cultures, Kumari took the infamous doll-dance and turned it to kathputli dance. For context, the word kathputli literally translates to ‘puppet’, held in place and controlled by strings.
Viewers were quick in their response. How could a real human being dance like a doll, a puppet?
Thousands of viewers streamed Kumari’s videos tens of times, trying to figure out if this was, in fact, a prank and the dancing doll was a toy after all. Preeti’s moves were perfect – rigid, robotic, absent of mobility, as if screws were being turned.
And the most surprising part was that she was completely expressionless and did not even blink her eyes!
Even though it looks like a lot of practice, most of the videos by the dancing doll are spontaneous. She perfects them in a few tries and then uploads them to her Instagram handle.
The moves aren’t all; Preeti’s dress-up and make up only add to the illusion of her being a puppet. The choice of music also plays a notable role – Kumari prefers dancing to the music of the ’70s and ’80s, claiming that the tune goes well with her rigid, fixed moves.
Would you ever be able to dance like the dancing doll?
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